Is This Twenty20? Australia Opens The Bowling With Spin In First Test

Tricia Pearson
February 25, 2017

Both teams travel to Bangalore for the second Test match which begins on March 4 and Kohli axpected his team to put Australia under pressure now. Their 20-Test undefeated streak at home took an almighty blow when Virat Kohli shouldered arms to a straight ball from O'Keefe that hit the middle of off stump.

O'Keefe's fortunes took a turn for the better after a change of ends while India's plummeted. No great knock came so far from any of the Indian batsman and India still, needs t 345 runs to win this game.

Australia all out for 285 as India face an uphill task to save the opening Test.

Jadeja (3-65) finally captured Smith's wicket when he had the captain trapped lbw in the 75th over for 109, off 202 balls with 11 boundaries.

Having had Rahul caught in the deep for 64, O'Keefe followed two balls later with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane, whose edge was brilliantly taken at second slip by Handscomb, instinctively thrusting his right hand low to the ground.

From their on, it was a procession from the number one ranked Test batsman in the world as Smith notched up his 18th Test ton. Starc contributed 49 runs in their 51-run partnership for the tenth wicket.

The onus will be on Indian batsmen, who failed to put up a big total on board in the first innings, to pull off a sensational win.

But when Renshaw departed for 68, and Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon departed in consecutive deliveries without scoring, Australia was in strife at 9-205.

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"Because there is two right-handers in there, Steve Smith wants to take the ball away from the right-hander, but the ball is just as unsafe coming in on this surface".

Though Captain Virat Kohli and Pujara tried to steady the sinking ship of India, the first innings collapse meant it was too late to save the game.

Mitchell Starc bowled the first over, but thereafter, the new cherry was handed to Steven O'Keefe, the impressive left-armer playing just his fifth Test. But aside from those admittedly long shots, the day went about as badly for India as it could have.

Post-tea Cheteshwar Pujara's (31) 58-ball essay was ended by O'Keefe who got his sixth wicket of the innings.

Starc's fifty came off just 47 deliveries as Australia made some amends at the end of the day reaching 256 for nine with an unbeaten 51-run stand for the final wicket.

Kohli also pointed out that fact that India's spinners bowled pretty well but dropping so many catches in the match made matters worse for his team.

How important is this tour for Australia which is looking to regain the No 1 spot in Test rankings?

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